Former Foster Youth, Now College Graduate Shadows Congressman Vargas in Honor of Foster Care Month

Washington, DC - Today, in honor of National Foster Care Month, Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51) participated in the Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day, an annual event during which foster youth from across the United States are paired up with a Member of Congress to advocate for improvements to the nation's foster care system.  Congressman Vargas, a member of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, spent the day with a former California foster youth who is now a proud college graduate.

“It is an honor to provide our foster youth with the opportunity to engage Congress and tell their personal stories of struggle and triumph,” said Congressman Vargas.  “As Members of Congress, we must renew our commitment to our youth and improve the nation’s foster care system.  All children deserve to grow up in a healthy and safe environment.”

Marcia Osuna, the young woman who shadowed Congressman Vargas spent seven years in the California foster care system.  Despite the hardships she faced, Marcia graduated from high school with honors.  Her accomplishments did not end there.  Marcia also became the first person in her family to graduate from college.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton.  Marcia is extremely interested in increasing access to education for other foster youth.

“Being in Washington, D.C. for the first time and having the opportunity to meet Congressman Vargas was a wonderful experience.  It was amazing that he took time from his busy schedule to show me the unique history in the Capitol,” said Marcia.  “I have learned that even though I am a former foster youth, I can make a difference and get support from Members of Congress.  I plan on making an impact not only for foster youth, but anyone who needs a voice when it comes to education.  Thank you, Congressman Vargas for being part of the 2014 Foster Youth Shadow Day.  You are helping make a difference.”

“Marcia’s dedication and desire to help foster youth achieve their educational goals is truly inspiring,” said Congressman Vargas.  “She is a bright, determined and selfless young woman.  I look forward to witnessing the future contributions Marcia makes to improving the lives of other foster youth.”

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